Gordon Bell, CFA, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has provided service as board mGordon Bell is EVP at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the nation’s first community development corporation, started by Bobby Kennedy. He oversees several divisions, including real estate development, the Brooklyn Business Center and sustainability initiatives.
Mr. Bell gained experience at Wall Street firms including JP Morgan, Prudential, Citibank, Legacy Growth Partners, Utendahl Capital and Lehman Brothers. Gordon has held positions as Business Developer, Portfolio Manager, Trader, and Director of Finance and in his long tenure on Wall Street. Gordon earned his A.B. with honors from Harvard College, his MBA from Harvard Business School, and a Rotary International Fellowship to the University of Mexico. He also earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1993.
He is a member and officer (Chair, Treas and Sec) to a several organizations including the Ralph Lauren Cancer Center, the New York Real Estate Chamber, North General Hospital, Literacy Partners, the Industrial Development Agency of New Rochelle, and the Harvard Class of 1983, NY. Gordon has humbly received honors and recognition by various publications and non-profit associations.
Residing in New Rochelle, NY with his wife, Prof. Sherrie Bell, and three children, Gordon and his family participate in a variety of community service activities and sports.
Stefan Bradley, PhD, is an associate professor with a joint appointment in African American Studies and History at Saint Louis University. The focus of his research is U.S. history with an emphasis on the African American experience and the role that youth have played in shaping post-WWII American society. He specializes in the efforts and abilities of black college students to change not only their scholastic environments, but also the communities that surrounded their institutions of higher learning. Dr. Bradley’s first book, Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the Late 1960s, deals with black students who risked their educations and sometimes their lives during the famous controversy that took place at Columbia University in 1968-1969. Currently, he is working on a new book, Blackened Ivy: Civil Rights, Black Power, and Ivy League Universities in the Postwar Era. His work on student/youth activism has been discussed in media outlets such as the Harvard Law Review, History News Network, NPR, C-Span2 BookTV, MSNBC, BBC, BET and St. Louis Public Radio. Dr. Bradley has earned numerous awards for excellence in leadership, service, and scholarly commitment in the humanities. Bradley earned his MA at Washington State University and PhD at the University of Missouri – Columbia.
Byron D. Clift Breland, PhD, is the President of San Jose City College. He previously served as the Associate Vice President of the Pacific Coast Campus for Long Beach Community College District. His educational career also includes serving as an Assistant Dean and Director of Judicial Affairs at the University of California, Irvine; Associate Dean of Student Development at Santa Ana College; and Dean of Student Affairs at Long Beach City College. Dr. Clift Breland is also active in the broader community, serving on a number of boards to promote equity in housing and economic opportunities. His extensive work creating strategic community partnerships, particularly in urban environments, has successfully served the needs of traditionally underrepresented students in higher education, such as African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Pacific Islanders, or those who are the first in their family to attend college. Dr. Clift Breland holds a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Economics and a Master of Science in Family Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. He subsequently completed a Master of Science in Education and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California. He was honored as a Presidential Fellow at the University of Southern California and received outstanding graduate student awards from both USC and the University of Maryland.
Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, PhD, is Director of the AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully-Healthy Adolescents) Project and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University Medical Center. She serves as Senior Scientific Adviser to The Steve Fund. Dr. Breland-Noble, psychologist and researcher, focuses on reducing mental health disparities in racially diverse youth and families. Her clinical expertise includes culturally relevant treatment for depression and anxiety in teens and adults. She has spent most of her career in academic medicine and is a recognized expert in adolescent depression disparities. Dr. Breland-Noble is currently funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the National Institutes of Health. She leads multiple research teams with a focus on patient-centered outcomes research, community-based participatory research, behavioral clinical trials, and faith-based mental health promotion. She has been appointed to the American Psychological Association Board to Develop Depression Treatment Guidelines and the PCORI National Advisory Panel on Addressing Disparities. Dr. Breland-Noble completed her training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD), New York University (MA), Howard University (BA), and Duke University School of Medicine (MHSc).
Thomas Brounk, PhD, graduated cum laude with departmental distinction in psychology from Carleton College, and received both his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in counseling psychology from The Ohio State University. He trained at OSU’s Counseling and Consultation Service, Denison University’s Counseling Service, and the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and completed his internship at the University of Texas at Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center. In 2002, Dr. Brounk was presented the Kathryn Hopwood Award from Ohio State’s Student Personnel Assistantship program for outstanding and sustained leadership, commitment, and service to the counseling and psychology profession. Dr. Brounk’s professional interests include anxiety management, GLBT issues, and multicultural concerns. In 2009, he received the James M. Holobuagh honor in recognition of his commitment and contribution to the St. Louis LGBT community.
Steve Byrnes,PsyD, has been the director of the University counseling center at Washington University in St. Louis since January 2015. He also brings to SLU an extensive involvement with treating post traumatic stress. He has treated many graduate, law and medical students/residents, and held faculty positions in graduate level psychology and medical education programs.A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Byrnes has an extensive history of providing clinical treatment for a variety of conditions and managing health care organizations. He retired from the United States Air Force in 2011 after completing a 20-year career as an active duty clinical psychologist. He was one of a small group of psychologists who implemented an Air Force Medical Service project to integrate behavioral health into primary care. He has trained a number of healthcare organizations in this model across the country.
LaShawnda Fields, MSW is a Doctoral Student at George Warren Brown School of Social Work. Her research focus is on African American parents residing in urban areas of concentrated poverty and their role in upward mobility experienced by their children. LaShawnda received her Master of Social Work from Washington University in 2011.
Vincent Flewellen, MSW, Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion at The College School, is an adjunct faculty member for the Brown School, teaching a graduate-level course on Social Justice and Human Diversity. Mr. Flewellen has extensive classroom experience and administrative/leadership experience around diversity and inclusion work. His middle school classroom work on diversity and inclusion issues has been featured on St. Louis Public Radio and Voice of America. Within various organizational capacities, he has been a diversity education consultant for myriad schools including John Burroughs, Forsyth School, New City School, and Kirkwood School District. He was a director of development for Neighborhood Houses, and he worked as the Managing Director of Programs for Teach for America. Mr. Flewellen earned an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Maryville University and a Master’s of Social Work is from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.
Jennifer Goetz is a 4th year Master of Social Work student at the Brown School of Social Work, concentrating in Veteran Social and Economic Development. She is currently an Air Force Reservist and has served the last 14 years through a combination of active duty, Reserve, and civil service. Jen became interested in social work with military servicemembers and veterans through her experiences as a military child, her military service, her spouse’s service, and her family’s legacy of service in World War II and Vietnam, where she saw how the toll of combat affected her own family members. She has witnessed the impact of 15 years of prolonged wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the toll those wars and deployments have taken on servicemembers, veterans, families, and communities. She also deployed to the Middle East in 2009 in support of combat operations, growing from the challenges of family separation and deployment stress she experienced. She hopes to integrate experience, research, evidence, and innovation to address the issues facing servicemembers and veterans from a systemic perspective.
Dr. DJ Ida has over thirty five years of experience working with Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders communities. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology and helped establish the Asian American Educational Opportunity Program at the University of Colorado, the Asian Pacific Development Center, a specialty mental health clinic in Denver and the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association, where she serves as Executive Director. She has been a tireless advocate for cultural and linguistic competence and has worked for years with others to insure that mental health services reflect the strengths, challenges and experiences of ethnically diverse populations. She works closely with community based organizations and campuses throughout the country and is often asked to provide consultation and training to improve services for diverse populations. She recently received the inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Award for Health Equity from the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health. Dr. Ida helped develop the Growing Our Own curricula to train clinicians on how to provide culturally appropriate services; Achieving Whole Health to train community members to become Wellness coaches; the Mental Health Interpreters Training and the Friends DO Make A Difference campaign to raise awareness around mental health among AANHPI college students.
Sean Joe, PhD, MSW, is the Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, the Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development, and the Director of the Race and Opportunity Lab, at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. His research focuses on Black adolescents’ mental health service use patterns, the role of religion in Black suicidal behavior (NIMH), salivary biomarkers for suicidal behavior, and development of father-focused, family-based interventions to prevent urban African American adolescent males from engaging in multiple forms of self-destructive behaviors (e.g., suicidal behavior). Previously Dr. Joe held a joint position as associate professor in the School of Social Work and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan’s School of Medicine. He has also served on the board of the Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN USA), the scientific advisory board of the National Organization of People of Color Against Suicide, and the editorial board of Advancing Suicide Prevention, a policy magazine. Dr. Joe is a nationally recognized authority on suicidal behavior among African Americans. He is the 2009 recipient of the Edwin Shneidman Award from the American Association of Suicidology for outstanding contributions in research to the field of suicide studies and the 2008 recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work and Research.
Meeta Kumar, PhD, is a psychologist and an experienced professional in the field of college mental health. She currently serves as the Director of Outreach and Prevention Services at the Counseling and Psychological Services as well as adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. She is responsible for coordination, development and delivery of university wide programs that support mental health and wellness of students. She works closely with all campus constituencies including faculty/staff, student groups and parents/families. She is a national presenter on an array of college mental health topics. She is adjunct faculty in the Asian American Studies department. She received her PhD from the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.
Ryan Lindsay, MSW, is an associate professor of practice at the Brown School and Mental Health Concentration Chair, where he teaches Differential Diagnosis, Treatment of Mental Disorders, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and leads the curriculum development for the mental health concentration. His career has focused on training new and experienced providers in various evidence-based treatments, consulting with organizations on how to implement programs within the larger organizational context, and increasing the quality of services provided in mental health service agencies.
A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Social Work, he completed a post-master’s fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Social Work within the University of Michigan Health System. As a result, he developed specialties in several evidence-based treatments. Currently, he is a Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapist by the Linehan Board of Certification, an expert in the application of Prolonged Exposure Therapy for complicated PTSD, and a trainer in Motivational Interviewing. Additionally, he provides training and consulting to individuals and organizations across Missouri.
Lindsay’s early experience working in both the public and private sectors sparked a desire to increase community access to evidence-based treatments and programs. In 2009, Lindsay co-founded the St. Louis Center for Family Development (STLCFD) which provides mental health services that are family-centered, trauma-informed and evidence-based. As a social enterprise, STLCFD has been able to offer free mental health services to 85 percent of their consumers.
Allison Lockard is an Assistant Professor of Education at Bucknell University. She is a recent graduate of the Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology at Penn State University. During her time at Penn State, she was project manager of the Center for Collegiate Mental Health, a practice research network that is focused on providing accurate and up-to-date information on the mental health of today’s college students. Lockard’s research interests are focused on college mental health and the impact of college mental health counseling on academic outcomes, specifically for racial/ethnic minorities. Prior to receiving her doctorate at Penn State, Lockard was a clinician for four years at Florida A&M University where her passion for college mental health and the impact of mental health on academic functioning began.
Jeanne Manese, PhD, is the Director of the Counseling Center at the University of California, Irvine, which, in 2013, was honored with the Suinn Achievement Award for demonstrated excellence in the recruitment, retention and graduation of ethnic minority students in doctoral psychology programs. Dr. Manese is currently conducting research and implementing programs focused on strength based interventions to enhance the retention and well-being of university students of color. Dr. Manese has achieved the distinction of Fellow in the American Psychological Association (Division 17 and 45) and is a member of the Asian American Psychological Association. She has been honored by the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies and the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers for her work in the area of multicultural competency. Dr. Manese has worked in hospital settings, private practice and maintains a consultation practice. She has numerous publications focused on multicultural competency and social justice. Dr. Manese completed a masters degree in Education from Harvard University and received her PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park with a specialization in Counseling Psychology.
Ebony McGee, PhD, is an assistant professor of diversity and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Dr. McGee studies the educational and career trajectories of historically marginalized students of color in STEM disciplines. Her research also focuses on the role of racialized experiences and biases in STEM educational and career achievement, problematizing traditional notions of academic achievement, and what it means to be successful in STEM yet marginalized in various ways. Education is McGee’s second career; she left electrical engineering to earn a PhD in mathematics education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, after which she was a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago and a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University. Her current research investigates the social, cultural, and structural barriers that have caused growth in the number of African American engineering faculty to stagnate and the persistence of female engineering and computing faculty who endure race, gender, and class barriers within their departments and institutions. She also designed a holistic racial- and gender-specific online mentoring portal for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars with the goal of increasing the representation of engineering faculty of color.
Mary McKay, PhD, joined the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis as dean on July 1, 2016. Previously, she was McSilver Professor of Social Work and the inaugural director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University Silver School of Social Work. Under Dean McKay’s leadership, the McSilver Institute grew to more than 50 full-time employees and over $30 million in funded projects benefitting poverty-impacted families and communities, locally and globally. Prior to joining NYU Silver, Dean McKay served as the head of the Division of Mental Health Services Research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She has received substantial federal funding for research focused on meeting the mental health and health prevention needs of poverty-impacted youth and families. She has published more than 150 publications on mental and behavioral health, HIV/AIDS prevention and behavior modification, and other urban health issues.
Diana Hill Mitchell, PhD, is the Associate Dean of the Graduate School and director of the Olin Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. As the Graduate School’s policy and program analyst, Dr. Hill Mitchell leads the effort for data analysis across the admissions and registrar function for all doctoral degree programs. She is charged with writing policy that fosters an environment supportive of original research, diversity and inclusion, and degree completion. Dr. Hill Mitchell is also founder and CEO of the Collegiate Advisory Professionals (CAP), which was developed out of a desire to provide students with one-on-one transformative advising as they approach the biggest decision of their young adult lives: where to attend college. The approach used in CAP is student-centered and evidence-based; advisors have 10 years of experience each serving as admissions professionals, college advisors, and writing instructors at some of the top institutions in the nation. Diana Hill Mitchell earned her BA in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and PhD in social psychology from Princeton University.
Merry Manson is a third year MPH/MBA student and a tribal citizen of the Navajo Nation. She graduated with a BS in American Indian Studies and a BIS in Anthropology and Family and Child Development from Barrett, the Honors College, at Arizona State University. She is interested in healthcare administration and policy, with the goal of implementing preventative healthcare practices in public and private venues. Overall, Merry is interested in health reform and passionate about American Indian health, especially in the Southwest and the Navajo Nation. She plans to hone her skills over the next few years, with the purpose of returning to the Navajo Nation and helping her community to be healthy Indigenous beings.
Emelyn de la Pena, EdD, recently joined Washington University in St. Louis as the new Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI). In her new role, dela Peña will lead the work of the CDI, which provides support and advocacy for students from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized populations and creates collaborative partnerships with campus and community members to promote dialogue and social change. An experienced leader in higher education, Dr. dela Peña has spent more than two decades as an administrator and teacher. She served as Assistant Dean of Student Life for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Harvard College. Emelyn de la Pena graduated from UC San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies, earned her master’s degree in education from San Diego State and her doctor of education through a joint program of UC San Diego, San Diego State and California State University San Marcos. She was honored last year with the Harvard University Faculty of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Distinction Award, and was recognized by UC San Diego three times — in 2001, 2006 and 2010 — with its Diversity Champion Award.
William Powderly, MD, is the Dr. J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine and the Larry J. Shapiro Director of the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also Co-Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Washington University School of Medicine. From 2005 to 2012, he was Dean of Medicine and Head of the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at University College Dublin in Ireland. Dr. Powderly has been actively involved in HIV-related clinical research for almost thirty years. He has been a member of numerous advisory groups on HIV and infectious diseases for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Canadian Institute for Health Research, and the European Medicines Agency. As Director of the Institute for Public Health, Dr. Powderly has been particularly interested in finding ways to translate the significant advances in biomedical science into improvements in population and community health. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is currently President-elect of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
Annelle B. Primm, MD, MPH, is a community psychiatrist and Senior Medical Adviser of the Steve Fund. Dr. Primm is currently an adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Howard, Johns Hopkins and New York University Schools of Medicine. She served as the Director of the Office of Minority and National Affairs and Deputy Medical Director of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) from 2005 until 2015. Prior to her tenure at the APA, Dr. Primm was Medical Director of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Community Psychiatry Program where she oversaw a variety of mental health services for adults. A nationally recognized expert on cultural psychiatry and community psychiatry, Dr. Primm has lectured and written widely on these topics, including the book she co-edited with Dr. Pedro Ruiz, Disparities in Psychiatric Care (2010). Dr. Primm is also co-editor of the 2012 book, Women in Psychiatry: Personal Perspectives. She has received numerous awards for her commitment and leadership to the field. Since 2005, Dr. Primm has been the Convener of the All Healers Mental Health Alliance, a national network of mental health professionals, health advocates and faith community leaders that facilitates culturally competent responses to the mental health needs of people affected by disasters. Dr. Primm received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine and completed psychiatry residency training at Johns Hopkins. She earned a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins, where she also completed a fellowship in Social and Community Psychiatry.
Andres Pumariega, MD, has devoted more than 30 years of his career to academic psychiatry in the areas of children’s systems of care and cultural diversity in mental health. He is currently Chairman and Chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Cooper University Hospital and Health System and professor at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Dr. Pumariega headed the East Tennessee State University Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody, which was awarded the American Psychiatric Association’s Silver Award for Outstanding Service (2004), and is the immediate past president of the American Association of Social Psychiatry. Dr. Pumariega is an accomplished physician, educator and researcher with an extensive history of leadership in pediatric psychiatry, having directed two consultation-liaison services; three Directorships of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; and chaired two departments of psychiatry. Dr. Pumariega is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, and the American Orthopsychiatric Association. Dr. Pumariega has received numerous awards over his career, including the American Psychiatric Association’s 2004 Simon Bolivar Award and Lecture in Hispanic Psychiatry, and the 2007 Jeanne Spurlock Award and Lecture in Diversity and Culture by the AACAP. Dr. Pumariega his M.D. from the University of Miami School of Medicine and trained in general and child psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center.
David Rivera, PhD, is an associate professor of counselor education at Queens College, City University of New York. A counseling psychologist by training, his practical work in higher education includes college counseling, academic advising, multicultural affairs, and leadership development. Dr. Rivera’s research focuses on cultural competency development and issues impacting the marginalization and wellbeing of low-income/first-generation college students, people of color, and oppressed sexual orientation and gender identity groups, with a focus on microaggressions. Dr. Rivera is an adviser to The Steve Fund, faculty with the Council for Opportunity in Education, board co-chair of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies, on the executive committee of The Society for the Psychological study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, and on the American Psychological Association’s Committee for Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Dr. Rivera holds degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Wyoming. He has worked and trained at a variety of institutions including the University of Pennsylvania, the New School University, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and the Addiction Institute of New York. He has received multiple recognitions for his work from the American Psychological Association, the American College Counseling Association, and the American College Personnel Association.
Marva Robinson, PsyD, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in St. Louis, Missouri. She completed her master’s and doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University where she graduated with a specialization in Forensics and a focus in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology.
Marva Robinson, PhD, currently serves as the Past President of the St. Louis Chapter of The Association of Black Psychologist, an organization focused on addressing the mental health needs of people of the African Diaspora.
Dr. Robinson started her private practice Preston & Associates Psychology Firm, LLC in 2013 so she could have the freedom to reach families where they are. She has worked with her colleagues in St. Louis Association of Black Psychologists to address the acute crisis needs of the Ferguson and greater St. Louis community. Her recent work to help address the pain of her community led her to become a respected clinician in her field. Dr. Robinson has conducted workshops in an effort to help prepare her colleagues for addressing community trauma. Her recent trainings have been held for the Missouri Psychiatric Association, Washington University Clinical Psychology Graduate School, and the St. Louis Veteran’s Affairs.
A repeat guest on MSNBC and NPR, Dr. Robinson shares her insight on the role of a clinician in the midst of community turmoil. She is currently working in St. Louis, Missouri full –time with veterans in addition to recently joining the adjunct professor staff at Webster University.
Evan M. Rose is co-founder and president of The Steve Fund, the nation’s only organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of college students of color. Evan came up with the idea of starting the Fund days after the passing of his brother and best friend, Steve, who died from mental illness in 2014. Steve had received a masters in psychology and was deeply supportive of the well-being of others. The Steve Fund is the legacy of a gifted, loving, and compassionate young man who felt called to help others. The Fund works with colleges and universities, outstanding non-profits, researchers, students, emerging adults, mental health practitioners and experts, and with groups serving diverse populations to stimulate dialogue and promote effective programs and strategies that build understanding and assistance for the mental and emotional health of the nation’s students of color as they enter, matriculate in, and transition from higher education. Its core pillars are knowledge building, programs and partnerships, youth engagement, and tech innovations. The Steve Fund’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Diverse Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Huffington Post and The Harvard Crimson. Mr. Rose is a graduate of Harvard College and resides in New York with his wife.
Karolyn Senter, PhD, LPC, earned a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Missouri and a Doctoral degree in counseling and family therapy from Saint Louis University. Before coming to Washington University, she worked for several years as a mid-level administrator, domestic relations specialist and divorce mediator in the Family Court System. She was later employed as a family therapist in a local community counseling center/residential treatment facility and worked part-time as the Training Coordinator for the Center for Counseling and Family therapy (CCFT) at Saint Louis University. Dr. Senter’s clinical training was received at the CCFT and through the Psychiatry Department’s Family Therapy Clinic at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Interests include: Family and relationship issues, Couple’s and Group counseling, the role of spirituality & forgiveness in the healing process, Diversity issues and the promotion of healthy interpersonal relationships. She currently serves as the liaison to the Office of International Students and Scholars.
Rahul Sharma, PsyD, began his diversity and social justice work at the University of Michigan Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center. His subsequent pursuit of Clinical Psychology included a focus on multicultural competence. He formerly served as Director of the University of Chicago’s Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention and has contributed a chapter on South Asian men’s roles in addressing violence against women. He received the “Vagina Warrior” award from the Vagina Monologues for his commitment to the prevention of violence against women. Dr. Sharma is currently Associate Professor and Diversity Concentration Coordinator at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (ISPP), working extensively to ensure cultural competence and committing to difficult dialogues in the classroom and on campus. Dr. Sharma is 2014-15 Chair of the Division on South Asian Americans (DoSAA) within AAPA. Most recently, Dr. Sharma designed and co-led a conference-wide anti-oppression healing workshop at the Racial Justice in Praxis Conference. In addition, Dr. Sharma is also founder and bassist/sitarist for the intercultural award-winning music group Funkadesi, a band comprised of musicians, activists, educators, and healers. The band is unprecedentedly diverse, with Indian-American, African-American, Jamaican, Latino, and European American members. As the band has thrived and remained cohesive for almost 20 years, Dr. Sharma’s long-standing goals incorporate music as a vehicle for community-building, self-understanding, cross-cultural communication, and social justice principles.
Eleatha Surratt, MD, is a Staff Psychiatrist in Medical Services and Mental Health Services for the Habif Health and Wellness Center at Washington University in St. Louis. A graduate of the University of Tulsa and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Dr. Surratt completed her residency and fellowship training at St. Louis University and the University of Colorado. She has worked with children and adolescents in academic medicine, private practice, and various non-profit agencies. She is especially interested in anxiety and the psychological effects of physical illnesses. Dr. Surratt is board certified in general psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry.
From Queens, New York, Maya Terry is a graduate of Poly Prep Country Day School and a current freshman at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is a John B. Ervin Scholar. She plans on majoring in psychology and neuroscience and has dedicated much of her time to mental health advocacy, particularly for black women. She is also very passionate about art activism and is an avid painter. She has accomplished many things thus far such as being in Cum Laude Society, being a U.S. youth ambassador in Peru, and participating in various research experiences and internships at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Northwell Health Zucker Hillside Hospital. Maya plans on choosing a career that marries her loves of mental health work, art, and issues in public health.
Holden Thorp, PhD, became Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Washington University on July 1, 2013. He holds appointments in the Department of Medicine at the School of Medicine as well as in the Department of Chemistry in Arts & Sciences. Thorp joined the university after spending three decades at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he served as the 10th chancellor from 2008 through 2013. A North Carolina native, Thorp began his academic career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a B.S. in chemistry. He received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and completed post-doctoral work at Yale University. He holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from North Carolina Wesleyan College. Thorp co-founded Viamet Pharmaceuticals, which has drugs in clinical trials for prostate cancer and fungal disease. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Humanities Center, the Board of Directors of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board.
When Anthony Tillman joined Washington University in St. Louis as Assistant Provost for Student Success, he brought more than 30 years in higher education to the position, much of it with an emphasis on improving the student experience, particularly for underrepresented students. In his current position, Tillman’s primary focus is to direct the Office of Student Success, which will coordinate university programs and services that support the academic and developmental success of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and first-generation college family backgrounds. Previously Tillman served as assistant provost at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas. Among his accomplishments at SMU, Tillman created an academic support initiative to enhance student success for at-risk first-year students; implemented measures that increased student retention and increased the graduation rate; coordinated the establishment of a STEM pipeline for high-performing minority students to prepare them for STEM careers; and conducted a campus climate study examining minority student experiences. Tillman earned a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in counseling and personnel services, both from Purdue University. He is completing the requirements for his doctoral degree in higher education from the University of Alabama.
Amy E. West, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Director of Psychology Training in the Department of Psychiatry at the Institute for Juvenile Research, University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research broadly focuses on family-based interventions for pediatric mood disorders and community-based intervention development with urban Native American (NA) families. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), among others. Dr. West has partnered with the Native American community in Chicago since 2006 to conduct community-based participatory research and intervention development to address youth mental health and wellness, including conducting system of care planning for urban NA youth and families in Chicago through the SAMHSA-funded Circles of Care grant program. Dr. West also has an active clinical practice in the Department of Psychiatry specializing in childhood mood disorders, directs UIC’s APA-accredited pre-doctoral clinical internship program, and mentors undergraduate and graduate students through an affiliation with the Department of Psychology. Dr. West received a BA in Psychology from Stanford University, her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia, and completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Children’s Hospital Boston.
Kelvin Westbrook, JD, has been President and Chief Executive Officer of KRW Advisors, LLC, a provider of strategic and general business and consulting services in the telecommunications, media and other industries, since September 2007. Mr. Westbrook founded Millennium Digital Media Systems, LLC in 1997 and served as Chairman and Chief Strategic Officer and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Millennium Digital from October 2006 to September 2007 and from May 1997 to September 2006, respectively. Mr. Westbrook also serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of Archer Daniels Midland Company, Camden Property Trust, Mosaic Company, Stifel Financial Corp. and T-Mobile US, Inc. He is chairman of the board of BJC Healthcare System and St Louis Children’s Hospital. Mr. Westbrook received an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.
Alexandra Williams joined the Steve Fund in 2014 and now serves as the National Youth Adviser. She oversees the Steve Fund’s Youth Advisory Board and works closely with the team to inform and devise the organization’s youth engagement strategy.
Alex was born and raised in New Rochelle, New York. She is a senior at Yale University studying Political Science with a focus on urban development and public policy. Last summer, she interned at The Social Innovation Forum, a Boston based nonprofit that operates robust accelerator programs that provide unique opportunities for innovative nonprofits and social impact businesses to gain visibility, expand their networks, and build capacity. On campus, she is President of the Black Solidarity Conference, the second largest annual undergraduate-run conference in the country and is responsible for the execution of four days of talks, workshops, and social gatherings that bring together over 700 students to analyze issues affecting our communities and explore solutions to undertake at their respective college campuses. She enjoys traveling and has studied abroad at both Beijing Normal University and King’s College London. Upon graduation, she will be joining The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists.
Kari Wolf, MD, joined the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 2016 to serve as Chair of Psychiatry. She comes to SIU from Austin, Texas, where she built the psychiatry department to support the new University of Texas Austin Dell Medical School. Wolf served as CEO of Seton Mind Institute, Chief Marketing Officer for Seton Shoal Creek Hospital, and as Associate Professor of Medicine at UT Austin. Prior to the creation of UT Austin Dell Medical School, Wolf led the Austin Psychiatry Department for UT Southwestern Medical School. During her tenure in Austin, she dramatically expanded educational programs for psychologists, psychopharmacologists, medical students, and psychiatry residents and fellows. She also led the development of numerous new clinical services including outpatient clinics, telemedicine, integrated behavioral health clinics, consult-liaison services, school-based services, and a psychiatric emergency department. Wolf completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after earning her medical degree at the University of Iowa. Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, she is a member of numerous organizations including the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry. Wolf has significant expertise in curriculum development, mentoring, quality improvement processes, health policy development, change management and strategic planning.